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Remains of astronaut legend Neil Armstrong buried at sea

Published on Sep 15, 2012 9:33 AM
In this image released by Nasa, US Navy Lieutenant Commander Paul Nagy and Mrs Carol Armstrong, wife of astronaut Neil Armstrong, commit his remains to the sea during a burial held onboard the USS Philippine Sea on Sept 14, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The cremated remains of legendary American astronaut Neil Armstrong were scattered at sea on Friday, in a ceremony aboard a United States (US) aircraft carrier paying final tribute to the first man to set foot on the moon, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said.

US Navy personnel carried Mr Armstrong's remains to the Atlantic Ocean one day after a somber memorial ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral for the famously reserved Apollo 11 commander, who died on Aug 25 at the age of 82.

Mr Armstrong's widow Carol was presented an American flag at the ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea that included a bugler and rifle salute.

"Neil will always be remembered for taking humankind's first small step on another world," Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden said at the National Cathedral service.

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